Bates Clean Sweep

Bates College “Clean Sweep” Sale on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Bates Underhill Arena.

Bates College and local non-profit organizations will host the popular “Clean Sweep” yard sale on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Bates Underhill Arena. Doors will open at 8am.

This popular community event, now in its 18th year, remains one of the largest community tag sales in Maine. More than 1,000 eager bargain-hunters are expected to attend the sale which, in years past, has raised $15,000 for participating nonprofits.

The bulk of the sale items come from Bates College students who donate an estimated 5,000 items, including dorm room furniture, appliances, electronics, sports equipment, camping gear, rugs, clothing, and kitchenware.

The Bates Clean Sweep yard sale has three goals:

  • Keep students’ used goods out of the landfill
  • Hold a low-cost yard sale for the people of Lewiston/Auburn
  • Donate all the proceeds to local nonprofits

In the past, bargain hunters have arrived hours before the doors open for this anticipated sale, so interested residents should plan accordingly.


What is Clean Sweep?


Clean Sweep is a huge yard sale filled with items left behind by students and donated by the college and faculty/staff at the end of the year.

Every spring volunteers from local non-profit organizations help us collect truckloads of donated items from student residences. We clean, organize, and price everything. Then we help organize a HUGE, ONE-DAY YARD SALE, usually in late June. All of the earnings go to participating local nonprofits. Bates raises more than $18,000 for local community nonprofits, proving one man’s trash is a community’s treasure.

Students, when you’re packing up for the summer and find things you no longer need – a comfy chair, a winter coat, a book or two – donate these items to Clean Sweep. We’ll reuse them and raise funds for local organizations.

 How to Volunteer with Clean Sweep


If you are a local nonprofit, and are interested in being a part of Clean Sweep, please fill out this Clean Sweep Application Form, and send it in to Pat Pelliccia at the Share Center – – prior to April 12th. Thanks for your interest!


Clean Sweep Application Form